January 14, 2015
Those not familiar with today’s public schools may simply view technology in the classroom as a student sitting in front of a computer screen watching a video or taking an online quiz. However, teachers and students are currently experiencing technology in education in a way that makes learning more accessible, engaging, and customizable for each student. As teachers, we are constantly working to understand what our students know and can do. There are several ways we check for understanding-- calling on students in class or giving quizzes or tests, for example. The information we get as a...
January 09, 2015
Winter weather is in full swing, and at the slightest hint of snow, most students are up and excitedly scanning weather reports and the television screen for school closings and the chance of a day off. For teachers and administrators though, snow days mean adjusting plans and assignments to get the students caught up again. (And no one feels quite so excited about closings when they remember that the district is two snow days away from losing its spring break- or making up classes on Saturdays.) One district in Minnesota came up with a brilliant way to use technology to avoid falling...
January 07, 2015
It’s once again the season of New Year’s resolutions. Some people resolve to hit the gym more frequently, or carve out more time to keep in touch with relatives and friends. However, if your resolution involves trying new things in the classroom, you may want to check out this Education Week post on 10 classroom ideas to try in 2015 – there are some great tips for using Twitter to engage the school community and teach digital citizenship, start building a library of digital book reviews (by students, for students), using QR code centers to simplify instruction time (check them out here if you...